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  • U.S. Democrats launch push to expand voting access ('BeelzaBubba' to fight voter ID restrictions)

    02/27/2014 6:42:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/27/14 | John Whitesides - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the help of former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party launched a national drive on Thursday to expand voting opportunities and fight back against what it calls restrictive voting laws. The program will establish permanent procedures and staff in each state to help register and educate voters, and work with local officials to expand access to the polls in the November elections and beyond. Voting laws have been the subject of partisan fights since 2011, when a wave of Republican-sponsored state laws began to impose stricter identification requirements on voters or restrict access, including by cutting...
  • Florida to expand Medicaid under health overhaul

    02/21/2013 6:39:28 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    WFTV via AP ^ | 2/20/2013 | GARY FINEOUT
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott announced plans Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan. Scott said he will ask the Legislature to expand the program under a bill that would expire in three years, after which it would require renewed legislative support. He's the seventh Republican governor so far to propose expanding the taxpayer-funded health insurance program. Scott said he would support the expansion as long as the federal government pays 100 percent of the increased costs, which is...
  • Glenn Beck Defends Gay Marriage: Republicans Need To 'Expand Our Own Horizon'

    12/11/2012 9:48:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 634 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/11/2012 | Grace Wyler
    Conservative firebrand Glenn Beck has joined a growing chorus of Republican commentators in defending gay marriage, laying out a strong case for ending government opposition to letting same-sex couples wed. "Let me take the pro-gay marriage people and the religious people — I believe that there is a connecting dot there that nobody is looking at, and that's the Constitution," Beck said during a recent segment of his online talk show. "The question is not whether gay people should be married or not. The question is why is the government involved in our marriage?" While Beck's defense of gay marriage...
  • Romney energy plan aims to expand drilling on federal land

    08/22/2012 9:15:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/22/12 | Holly Bailey - the Ticket
    In what his campaign is billing as a major policy speech, Mitt Romney will unveil an energy plan Thursday that would give states the power to determine whether drilling should occur on federal lands within their borders as part of a larger effort to increase domestic oil production and achieve energy independence. Under current law, the federal government controls oil and gas permits for federal lands. But in a speech at an oilfield services company in Hobbs. N.M., Romney will argue that determination should be up to state officials, insisting individual states are in a better position to "develop, adopt...
  • Occupy Oakland looking to expand

    10/19/2011 3:42:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/19/11 | Demian Bulwa,Rachel Gordon
    OAKLAND -- Protesters who have brought the Occupy movement to San Francisco are fighting for the ability to camp out from one night to the next. But the scene in Oakland couldn't be more different. Over the past nine days in Oakland, officials have allowed activists to construct an astonishing mini-city of more than 150 tents in a plaza outside City Hall, complete with a kitchen, a school and a first-aid station. Covering what was once a grass lawn is a layer of straw, and walkways made of wood pallets and cardboard. The talk on Tuesday was of a long...
  • Planned Parenthood to Expand Abortion Biz in Nebraska, Iowa

    04/15/2011 10:23:39 AM PDT · by julieee · 11 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 15, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood to Expand Abortion Biz in Nebraska, Iowa Lincoln, NE -- Fresh from a victory in the Senate to preserve its massive taxpayer funding, a local affiliate of the Planned Parenthood abortion business announced today it plans to expand in Nebraska and Iowa. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/15/planned-parenthood-to-expand-abortion-biz-in-nebraska-iowa/
  • Dayton set to expand state's Medicaid enrollment

    01/05/2011 5:50:47 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    MPR ^ | 1-5-11 | Tom Scheck
    St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton is expected today to put an end to an eight-month discussion over whether the state should enroll thousands of low- and middle-income Minnesotans into an expanded federal health care program. Dayton is scheduled to sign an executive order that would expand Medicaid coverage in Minnesota -- a move Republicans in the Legislature oppose. Dayton's decision won't put an end to the debate.
  • Obama announces $795M in new grants to expand broadband Internet access

    07/02/2010 4:04:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 2+ views
    the hill ^ | 7/2/10 | Gautham Nagesh
    President Barack Obama announced 66 Recovery Act projects Friday aimed at expanding broadband Internet access and public computing centers in underserved communities at a cost of $795 million. The projects vary widely in their size, scope and focus, from a $45 million grant to expand broadband access in western Massachusetts to a $1.8 million grant to the Montana State Library to provide faster Internet at its 42 local libraries. Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday morning, Obama said he expects the projects to create 5,000 construction and installation jobs in the short term and benefit millions of Americans...
  • Pact signed to expand US use of Colombia bases

    10/30/2009 7:36:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/09 | Frank banak - ap
    BOGOTA – In a private, low-key ceremony, the U.S. ambassador and three Colombian ministers on Friday signed a pact giving American personnel expanded access to military bases in this drug-producing country, a deal that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has called a threat to the region's security. Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said the 10-year deal takes effect immediately and restricts U.S. military operations to Colombian territory — alluding to fears expressed by leftist leaders in the region that it would make Colombia a base for asserting U.S. power in South America. Details of the pact, which aims to boost drug and counterinsurgency...
  • Swat's Taleban expand operations

    04/21/2009 11:56:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 266+ views
    BBC News, Islamabad ^ | 4/21/09 | Syed Shoaib Hasan
    Taleban militants operating in Pakistan's Swat region who agreed a peace deal with the government have expanded operations into nearby Buner. Dozens of militants have been streaming into bordering Buner to take over mosques and government offices. Buner is part of the Malakand region, which has just seen the implementation of Sharia law under the peace deal. But the Taleban have mainly operated in Swat, where they fought the army from August 2007 until this year's deal. Under the deal the Taleban were expected to disarm. Buner district is only about 100km (62 miles) from the capital, Islamabad. Mian Iftikhar...
  • Congress votes to expand wilderness in 9 states (Land-grabbing Congre$$ in action)

    03/25/2009 3:10:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Congress has voted to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness — from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation, which opponents, mostly Republicans, called a "land grab" that would block energy development on vast swaths of federal land, is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House passed the bill, 285-140, Wednesday, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over...
  • SCotUS: Court refuses to expand minority voting rights (5-4 vote, major wrench in dem machine?)

    03/09/2009 11:57:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies · 5,985+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a part of the Voting Rights Act aimed at helping minorities elect their preferred candidates only applies in electoral districts where minorities make up more than half the population. The decision could make it harder for some minority candidates to win election and for southern Democrats, in particular, to draw friendly electoral boundaries after the 2010 Census. The 5-4 decision, with the court's conservatives in the majority, came in the case of a North Carolina plan that sought to preserve the influence of African-American voters even though they made up just 39...
  • Liberal Democrats seek to expand stimulus package beyond $1 trillion (looting of Treasury quickens)

    01/19/2009 4:25:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 893+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/09 | Mike Soroghan
    Liberal Democrats in the House are lobbying hard to put President-elect Obama’s economic stimulus bill over the trillion-dollar mark. “Some of us are saying we need a stimulus of 1.2 or 1.3 or 1.4 trillion to prevent a depression, rather than just slow our descent into a depression,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). The Congressional Progressive Caucus is circulating a letter to Obama among its members, asking for a meeting with him to talk about dramatically expanding the bill. The caucus is also seeking signatures from members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus and the Congressional Black...
  • Proposal would expand Security Council

    03/21/2008 11:27:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 623+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/21/08 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - An interim proposal to tackle the divisive issue of Security Council reform would expand the U.N.'s most powerful body from 15 to 22 members but leave it up to the 192 U.N. member states to decide which countries should fill them. The proposal, obtained Friday by The Associated Press, also leaves it up to U.N. members to decide how long the new seats should be held — with suggestions of two years, five years and permanently offered as possible options. It leaves the contentious issue of veto power to future negotiations. There is strong support for enlarging...
  • CA: Bill would let tribes expand casinos without negotiation (SB 1201 - 'an issue of fairness')

    02/15/2008 12:06:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 104+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/15/08 | James P. Sweeney - CNS
    PALM SPRINGS – A state senator has introduced legislation that would enable a large group of Indian tribes to expand existing casinos or build large new ones without further negotiations with the state. Sen. Jim Battin, R-Palm Desert, said his proposal would allow all 61 tribes that negotiated gambling agreements, or compacts, with former Gov. Gray Davis in 1999 to have up to 2,000 slots each, the number many tribes believe were promised by the deals. But the California Gambling Control Commission had voted to limit all tribes in the state to roughly 60,000 slots, based on the commission's interpretation...
  • Iraqi, U.S. forces continue to expand area of control

    11/23/2007 10:50:24 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 162+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Andrew Kalwitz
    THAR THAR REGION, Iraq (Nov. 23, 2007) -- Recent security gains have allowed coalition forces to decrease the number of temporary outposts in cities like Fallujah while reinforcing new structures for use by Iraqis in the future. The most recent was completed Nov. 20: Combat Outpost Hawas, a dual outpost that provides coalition forces a presence here in the southeastern Thar Thar region. This area became a hideaway for Iraqi insurgents who retreated from coalition forces in other parts of Al Anbar Province. The smaller of Hawas’ two camps is run by Iraqi soldiers who have already begun conducting operations...
  • Iraqi Crew Works to Expand Electrical Generation

    11/08/2007 3:39:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 49+ views
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 8, 2007 – The Qudas electric generation facility in northern Baghdad is getting two new gas turbines that will add 200 megawatts of power to the national grid. Iraqi workers place hundreds of cubic meters of concrete at the Qudas gas turbine expansion project in northern Baghdad. In all, 1,000 cubic meters of concrete will be needed to create two pedestals that will serve as the foundation as two new 100-megawatt gas turbine generators are installed. Photo by Norris Jones  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A crew of more than 150 Iraqis is involved with the...
  • CA: Expand coverage without raising taxes (When is a "tax" a "fee"? Ask aRnold and the dems.)

    02/18/2007 9:48:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 931+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/15/07 | Chuck Devore
    ARE Californians taxed too much, or not enough? Taxes are the central question of how to fund Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's massive $12 billion expansion of government-run health care with its 4 percent payroll tax, 4 percent hospital tax and 2 percent doctor tax. Ironically, Schwarzenegger lambasted Phil Angelides during last year's gubernatorial campaign for wanting to raise taxes by $7 billion to create a new government health care entitlement. Angelides argued mightily that his proposal amounted to fees, not taxes. But the governor called Angelides' "fee" a "tax," so a "tax" it was. Now that Schwarzenegger is proposing a government...
  • City's residents find relief, security as operations expand through Baghdad

    09/05/2006 6:04:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 349+ views
    1st Lt. Marc Miller, 2nd Infantry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, talks with locals in the Baghdad neighborhood of Bakriyah during an operation to rid the area of illegal weapons and terrorist activity. Department of Defense photo by Sgt. Raul Montano. BAGHDAD -- Iraqi and Coalition forces this week continued their efforts to secure the capital city as part of Operation Together Forward.On Sept. 4, Iraqi security forces, working closely with Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers, conducted Operation South Sword Search in the Baghdad neighborhood of Bakriyah.Policemen with the 2nd Iraqi National Police Division and Soldiers from the 6th...
  • Bush pitches plan to expand nuclear power

    05/24/2006 3:31:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 307+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/06 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    POTTSTOWN, Pa. - Calling nuclear power an overregulated industry that needs a jump-start from Washington, President Bush on Wednesday pitched his plan to expand nuclear power generation by dealing with radioactive waste, lessening regulations and reviving nuclear fuel processing. The backdrop for the president's effort was the Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear plant operated by Excelon Corp. about 40 miles from Philadelphia. Bush donned a white hard hat for a brief tour, then spoke to employees in a sweltering tent set up in the shadow of the plant's two enormous cooling towers. Bush argued that nuclear power is abundant, affordable,...
  • Congress May Expand Border Fences

    05/11/2006 12:47:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 967+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/11/06 | Jacques Billeaud - ap
    DOUGLAS, Ariz. - Much of this dusty city along the border is separated from Mexico by a fence consisting of 12-foot vertical metal bars, spaced inches apart to prevent illegal immigrants from squeezing through. Surveillance cameras are mounted on towers nearby, and Border Patrol agents posted hundreds of feet away in the desert scrub and flowering ocotillo watch for anyone who might try to scale, cut through, slip under or sneak around the fence. Though these fences are criticized for shifting would-be border-crossers to more dangerous and remote spots, they do make it harder for illegal immigrants to reach urban...
  • U.S. Helps Expand Orphan Care Center in Botswana

    04/28/2006 10:07:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 228+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Chris Miller, USN
    MOLEPOLOLE, Botswana, April 28, 2006 – "Joy in our hearts," sang the small group of Bana Ba Keletso preschool children during the dedication ceremonies for the expansion of the Bana Ba Keletso Orphan Care Center here April 22. U.S. European Command, through the Office of Defense Cooperation's humanitarian assistance program, provided more than $188,000 for the construction expansion of an administration building and multipurpose hall complete with a food-preparation facility. Through the partnering efforts of the Rotary Club of Gaborone and the Department of Defense, more than 400 at-risk orphan children from the surrounding Molepolole area are nurtured by the...
  • Sempra to vastly expand capacity at Mexico LNG terminal - Upsize of project sought

    03/13/2006 7:41:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 211+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/13/06 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    SAN DIEGO – Sempra Energy proposed Monday to more than double capacity at its liquefied natural gas terminal under construction in Mexico, strengthening its position in the race to build the first such plant on North America's Pacific coast. Sempra is building in Mexico at a time when rivals seeking permission in California are stumbling over opposition from environmental and NIMBY – “not in my back yard” – groups. The expansion plan is a response to “significant interest we have received from a number of potential natural gas producers and marketers,” said Darcel Hulse, president of Sempra's LNG unit. Sempra...
  • Iraqis expand their basic training

    11/15/2005 5:32:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 271+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Nov 15, 2005 | Sgt. Matthew Wester
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 15, 2005) – Ten days has been added to Iraqi basic training and a second group of Iraqi soldiers has begun the new 24-day cycle. "It started off as a two-week program,” said Staff Sgt. Michael J. Munoz of the 80th Division, who serves as operations noncommissioned officer at the academy. During the 24 days of training, Munoz said the recruits now learn drill and ceremony, weapons marksmanship, squad-level movement techniques, room-clearing procedures and how to operate traffic-control points. Instructors are able to go into greater detail when teaching the individual skills because...
  • NATO Prepares to Expand Mission into Southern Afghanistan

    09/15/2005 6:24:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 237+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 15, 2005 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    BERLIN, Sept. 15, 2005 – NATO defense ministers, who met here Sept. 13 and 14, "are strongly committed to expanding NATO's role" in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a Sept. 14 news conference. "By spring, our goal is for NATO to partner with the Afghan National Army to manage security in what will amount to something like three quarters of that country," he said. The secretary said U.S. forces would continue to play a strong role. Discussions during the Sept. 14 meetings focused on expanding NATO influence into the southern part of Afghanistan, including the area around...
  • Jewish Actress Helps Expand Trauma Unit For Jerusalem Hospital (Natalie Portman)

    03/30/2005 12:40:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 197 replies · 18,398+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 28, '05 | staff
    Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital received a $50 million donation last week from one of the people born there – famed Jewish actress Natalie Portman. Portman’s donation is earmarked for an improved and expanded emergency trauma center being funded by the Hadassah Women's Zionist movement. The expansion will enable three times as many victims to be treated at once. At a ceremony Thursday evening at the Jerusalem Theater, Dr. Kobi Assaf, Hadassah Hospitals’ director of surgery and shock trauma said the expansion of the trauma center will save many lives. "One of the most crucial things we can do for trauma patients...
  • CA: Lodi armor maker: Rumsfeld mistaken - Company ready, willing to expand output

    12/11/2004 10:48:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,123+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 12/11/04 | Jeff Hood
    LODI -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld apparently doesn't know they turn the lights off each night at Lodi's R.E. Services. Rumsfeld recently told disgruntled National Guard troops in Kuwait the reason there isn't more armor on military vehicles in Iraq is because it can't be made fast enough. "There's no capacity is what Rumsfeld said," said Mark Frater, chief executive officer at R.E. Services, which began making lightweight armor for military vehicles earlier this year. "I'm just running one shift. I've got capacity. I could run around the clock if they gave me the orders." Frater's company makes laminated plates...
  • European Union to expand military plans

    11/19/2004 9:40:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 398+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/19/04 | Paul Ames - AP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The European Union is expanding plans to set up several elite battle groups for rapid deployment to international trouble spots. The original plan was to have nine such groups of 1,500 troops ready by 2007, but EU military officials said an enthusiastic response from nations wanting to contribute forces meant that at least 12 would now be set up. Of that, four - led by France, Britain, Italy and Spain - should be in place next year. Ministers are to firm up their contributions to the forces at a meeting at talks in Brussels on Monday....
  • Report: Millions of state dollars helped polluting dairies expand (Moooothane Alert!)

    10/11/2004 7:02:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 333+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/11/04 | AP - LA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly $70 million in state bond money earmarked for reducing pollution was used by California dairies to expand their operations, which resulted in more air pollution, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. The result, the newspaper said, is that the air in California's dairy-rich San Joaquin Valley is now among the dirtiest in the nation, recording more eight-hour ozone level violations than Los Angeles. State Treasurer Phil Angelides, who as head of the Pollution Control Financing Authority approved the loans, now says the money was misspent. The environmental impact of large dairies should have been studied...
  • S.J. (CA) council to expand City Hall deal probe (Cisco)

    06/30/2004 8:12:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 141+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/30/04 | Aaron C. Davis
    The San Jose City Council voted Tuesday to expand an investigation into potential favoritism in the city's decision to purchase $8 million in Cisco networking and phone equipment for its new downtown City Hall. Under the council's order, City Attorney Rick Doyle and City Auditor Gerald Silva will join forces to examine whether the city's early dealings with Cisco improperly put the San Jose networking giant in the position of advising the city on how much Cisco equipment to buy. Cisco's role in consulting with the city was first reported last week by the Mercury News. Since then, at least...
  • Fox News Plans to Expand Its Radio Offering

    09/29/2003 8:15:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies · 230+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/29/03
    Fox News Plans to Expand Its Radio Offering Mon Sep 29,12:13 AM ET NEW YORK -- Armed with one of the most powerful brands in news, Rupert Murdoch's Fox News now hopes to do for radio news what it did for television news: deploy a feisty mix of talk and information to unseat the industry's entrenched players, according to Monday's Wall Street Journal. News Corp.'s radio arm, Fox News Radio Service, which launched last spring with one-minute news updates from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, plans to expand in November, selling news updates to radio stations around the clock...